When I Grow Up (3:21)

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“When I Grow Up” is a song by Garbage, released as the group’s fourth single from their second album Version 2.0. It was released in January 1999 in the United Kingdom and in several European territories, while simultaneously in France and Germany the album track “The Trick Is to Keep Breathing” was released in its place. “When I Grow Up” was also released later in 1999 in the United States and in Australia and New Zealand, and was finally issued in Germany as the sixth Version 2.0 single release in early 2000.

One of the more successful singles lifted from Version 2.0, “When I Grow Up” reached the U.K. Top Ten, and the Australian Top Forty. In Australia, the song became Garbage’s most successful single release up until that point. “When I Grow Up” was included on the soundtrack to the 1999 comedy Big Daddy.

“When I Grow Up” was remastered in 2007 for Garbage’s greatest hits album Absolute Garbage.

“When I Grow Up” was written and recorded at Smart Studios during the 1997 sessions for Version 2.0.

Bass on “When I Grow Up” was performed by Daniel Shulman.

“When I Grow Up” was released to radio in the U.K. and Europe onwards from December 3, 1998, and was A-listed at Radio One, Atlantic 252, Xfm and GLR, and B-listed at Virgin as well as a further 68 regional radio playlists. Mushroom serviced mixes by Danny Tenaglia to clubs upfront of the single release, these becoming playlisted by KISS FM, while cable channel The Box kept the music video in heavy rotation.

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